Judge’s Facebook Friendship

A circuit court improperly denied a father’s motion for reconsideration in a custody dispute, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ruled, finding the judge’s Facebook friendship with the mother — and the timing of the friendship, content and context of their interactions on the platform, and the judge’s failure to disclose that friendship — constitutes a due process violation. 

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Safe Release Program

A federal court in California dismissed San Diego County’s suit against the federal government for ending a “safe release” program, which helped asylum seekers travel to sponsors across the country. The county lacks standing to pursue its claims under the Administrative Procedures Act and the county failed to state a due process claim under a “legally cognizable theory.”

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Florida Mass Shootings

Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel cannot pursue his due process claims against Governor Ron DeSantis or Florida’s Senate President Bill Galvano, a federal court in the state ruled. Israel was suspended on grounds of “neglect of duty and incompetence” in connection with two mass shootings: the 2017 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting and the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  

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California Extends Critical Criminal Trial Deadlines Amid Viral Outbreak

Desperate times call for unprecedented measures, even for the courts. At an emergency meeting Saturday, California’s Judicial Council voted unanimously to delay criminal arraignments, extend timelines for criminal trials, and use technology wherever possible to help courts conduct remote proceedings as they grapple with ensuring due process while protecting public health.

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